Vision-impaired students get the gift of sight through high-tech devices


The saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words", and that couldn't have been truer for a group of students from the Ohio School for the Blind.

Friday, about a dozen students were given high-tech magnifying devices to take home with them.

"For many of our students, their families simply can not afford the high cost of some of these devices which range in the thousands of dollars in certain situations," said Janell Brown, librarian for the Ohio School for the Blind.

Sight Savers America, a national non-profit fighting preventable blindness, partnered with Dancing Dots, the OSSB Foundation and several other organizations to donate the devices to a select group of students.

The Idea Foundry hosted the event in Columbus where students got to test out the devices for the first time.

"It means they can do their schoolwork at home," said Brown, when asked what the technology will mean for low-vision students. "It means they can read a book that they love at home instead of having to wait to get to school to use one of the school's devices. It means being a regular kid."

The devices range anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 each and are not covered by any health insurance.

Brown gave a message of appreciation to the organizations.

"Thank you for dreaming and thank you for allowing this dream to happen for our students and their families," said Brown.

Sight Savers serves people in 11 states across the country.